We start my coverage of this garden visit at the Alpine Rock Garden. I'd been wandering for two and a half hours when I finally walked into the rock garden, thus I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked to be.
Still, I spotted this little beauty.
I'm a sucker for a good rosette...
...and it's something new to me! Common name "sempervivum-leaved rock jasmine" (more info here)
Next up is one of those serious "lust list" plants...Adiantum aleuticum 'Subpumilum’: "A truly dwarf maidenhair, and a very slowly spreading groundcover. Shiny, glossy black stalks hold aloft contrasting, limey-green pinnae. Rarely available, it takes good drainage and light shade and rich soils." (source)
I hope this will be available through the Hardy Fern Foundation next year.
This was a fun discovery!
Saxafraga x geum 'Dentata' growing on a rock—who knew it liked it like that?
Now I've hiked up to the Rutherford Conservatory which is the last spot to visit before I wrap things up here.
That's a stellar patch of Begonia pedatifida.
There are so many plants inside the conservatory that I admire and then walk away from, thinking they're not hardy. I have no idea what these are, but I know the begonia above (B. pedatifida) is hardy for me in Portland.
And if these bright green leaves are Cyrtomium falcatum (Japanese holly fern) then it's hardy too.
Curculigo sp., which was hardy in my garden for several years.
Of course I do (madly) wish I could grow tree ferns outdoors in my Portland garden. Sadly that's not an option unless I want to go to heroic measures to protect them.
I love mossy poles for growing smaller things on, and really need to make one.
Adiantum hispidulum, aka Rosy Australian Maidenhair Fern (I think that's what it is on the left) is also pretty darn cute.
Back outdoors now and checking out their hypertufa containers.
Complete with a miniature crevice garden...
And look! Microcachrys tetragona, creeping strawberry pine...
More from the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden next week!
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